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Who is Danielle de Niese?
Of Sri Lankan origin, Danielle de Niese is an Australian-born opera soprano, professional classical artist and Emmy Award winner.
Danielle de Niese was born on April 11, 1979 in Melbourne to Beverly and Chris de Niese—Sri Lankan Burghers having Scottish and Dutch heritage, who had settled in Australia in their teens.
Rendering a near impeccable Whitney Houston medley at Young Talent Time, an Aussie TV talent competition, a nine-year-old de Niese became the youngest winner, and the recipient of a Yamaha baby grand piano and $5,000 for her efforts. Her family soon moved to Los Angeles, USA in 1990. Within five years de Niese won an Emmy Award as a regular guest host of the TV show L.A.
de Niese joined the Colburn School in LA to train in dance, piano and music, and part of the Tanglewood, Aspen and Marlboro summer programmes. In 1997, she left for New York where she took private voice lessons with Ruth Falcon at Manhattan’s Mannes College of Music.
Early career success
Debuting professionally at 15 with the Los Angeles Opera, de Niese saw her career get a tremendous boost when she earned a place in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, as the youngest singer at 18. There she debuted with the song Barbarina in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro in 1998, in which she also played the role of Susanna.
Danielle de Niese’s music and film appearances
de Niese’s career tunes have waltzed through Baroque, Handel, Mozart and worldwide contemporary opera premieres to Broadway and films.
Danielle featured as a castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2018. Her film appearances include:
• Ridley Scott’s Hannibal singing Vide Cor Meum
• John-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes
• Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto
• Broadway’s Les Misérables
• Handel’s Partenope and Acis and Galatea
• As Beatrice in a scene from Dante’s La Vita Nuova
• As Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare
• As Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice
• As Norina in Don Pasquale
• As Poppaea in Handel’s Agrippina
• As Hanna Glawari in Graeme Murphy’s The Merry Widow
• Singing Despina in Così fan tutte
• Singing Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress
• Taking the lead role in Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges.
Recipient of The Netherlands Opera’s Prix d’Amis award, de Niese also won Echo Award’s New Artist of the Year and the Academie du Disque Lyrique’s Orphee d’or (for her album Handel Arias) in 2008.
Danielle de Niese’s albums
Her albums include Semele (2004), Handel Arias (2008), Raaff (2009), The Mozart Album (2009), Diva (2010) and Beauty of the Baroque (2011, with Andreas Scholl).
de Niese’s endorsements and charity work
Besides having an exclusive recording deal with Decca, the soprano endorses fashion designer Donna Karan and French luxury jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels. She is also a patron of the Tait Memorial Trust, an Australian performing arts charity.
Known to her friends as Danni, de Niese married Glyndbourne Festival Opera chairman Gus Christie on December 19, 2009 They have a three-year-old son.